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Therefore if (1) anyone is in (union with) Christ (and all believers are), he is a new creature (spiritual species); the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.
A DEEP INTIMATE AND PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP
An individual involvement with God…intended just for you…planned by God in eternity past…a relationship containing the elements of dependence, independence…you have free will…and interdependence…a relationship extending far beneath the surface of things…a close, warm, intricate and familiar association suggesting privacy and connection with the divine.
Unconditional Love and Forgiveness Does Not Forget
In the beginning (not a beginning, THE) God (Jehovah Elohim…the Lord Jesus Christ in His pre-incarnate state as God the Son) created the heavens and the earth.
“Behold, My Servant, whom I (God the Father) uphold; My chosen one in whom My soul delights. I have put My (Holy) Spirit upon Him; He will bring forth justice to the nations.”
“He will not cry out or raise His voice, Nor make His voice heard in the street.”
“A bruised reed He will not break and a dimly burning wick He will not extinguish; He will faithfully bring forth justice.”
“He will not be disheartened or crushed Until He has established justice in the earth; and the coastlands will wait expectantly for His law.”
Thus says God the Lord (Jesus Christ), Who created the heavens and stretched them out, Who spread out the earth and its offspring, Who gives breath to the people on it And spirit to those who walk in it…
“I am the Lord, I have called You in righteousness, I will also hold You by the hand and watch over You, And I will appoint You as a covenant to the people, As a light to the nations…”
“To open blind eyes, To bring out prisoners from the dungeon and those who dwell in darkness from the prison.”
“I am the Lord, that is My name; I will not give My glory to another, nor My praise to graven images.”
“Behold, the former things have come to pass, now I declare new things; Before they spring forth I proclaim them to you.”
But now faith, hope, love, abide (in the sphere of) these three; but the greatest of these is (unconditional) love.
QUOTE FROM A BELIEVER IN CHRIST ABOUT LOVE
“Unconditional love? I know how to receive it…but I sure don’t know how to give it!”
QUOTE FROM A BELIEVER IN CHRIST ABOUT FORGIVENESS
“A friend of mine wronged me at a time of my deepest need…he was not there for me when I needed him most…I didn’t think I would ever be able to forgive him…after a period of time I found it in myself to forgive him…and I guarantee even though I found it in myself to forgive, I did not produce the forgiveness.”
To totally forget or blot out an offense as if the offense had never happened.
But Thomas, one of the twelve (apostles), called Didymus, was not with them (the other apostles) when Jesus came.
So the other disciples were saying to him (Thomas), “We have seen the Lord!” But he (Thomas) said to them, “Unless I see in His hands the imprint of the nails, and put my finger into the place of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.”
After eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors having been shut, and stood in their midst and said, “Peace be with you.”
Then He said to Thomas, “Reach here with your finger, and see My hands; and reach here your hand and put it into My side; and do not be unbelieving, but believing.”
Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!”//Jesus said to him, “Because you have seen Me, have you believed? Blessed are they who did not see, and yet believed.”
“You have heard that it was said, ‘AN EYE FOR AN EYE, AND A TOOTH FOR A TOOTH.’”
“But I say to you, do not resist an evil person; but whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also.”
“If anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, let him have your coat also.”
“Whoever forces you to go one mile, go with him two.”
“Give to him who asks of you, and do not turn away from him who wants to borrow from you.”
When I Think About Home
“You have heard that it was said, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR and hate your enemy.’”
“But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you…”
“…so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.”
“For if (1) you love those who love you (and you do), what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same?”
“If you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same?”
“Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”
Then Peter came and said to Him (the Lord Jesus Christ), “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him? Up to seven times?”
Jesus said to him (Peter), “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.”
“For this reason the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his slaves.”
“When he had begun to settle them (the accounts), one (a slave) who owed him (the king) ten thousand talents was brought to him.”
“But since he (the slave) did not have the means to repay, his lord (the king) commanded him to be sold, along with his wife and children and all that he had, and repayment to be made (so as much money as possible could be recovered).”
“So the slave fell to the ground and prostrated himself before him (the king), saying, ‘Have patience with me and I will repay you everything.’”
“And the lord of that slave felt compassion and released him and forgave him the debt.”
“But that slave went out and found one of his fellow slaves who owed him a hundred denarii; and he seized him and began to choke him, saying, ‘Pay what you owe.’”
“So his fellow slave fell to the ground and began to plead with him, saying, ‘Have patience with me and I will repay you.’”
“But he was unwilling (to forgive) and went and threw him in prison until he should pay back what was owed.”
“So when his fellow slaves saw what had happened, they were deeply grieved and came and reported to their lord all that had happened.”
“Then summoning him, his lord said to him, ‘You wicked slave, I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me.’”
“‘Should you not also have had mercy on your fellow slave, in the same way that I had mercy on you?’”
“And his lord, moved with anger, handed him over to the torturers until he should repay all that was owed him.”
“My heavenly Father will also do the same to you, if each of you does not forgive his brother from your heart.”
See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble, and by it many be defiled…
“To err is human…to forgive divine…”
He Remembers to Forget
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